Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Behind the "InMyOwnWords" Mixtape Cover/Painting

I was honored when my friend B-Kay asked me to do painting for his mixtape's cover art. The title of his project was "In My Own Words". And as he diligently worked on completing it, he was very patient as I had many other things I was working on, like the Paint The Throne art showcase.

Finally, we got the time to make something happen. He gave me a idea about having a child on the moon looking down on the Earth, and while flipping through my phone I remembered this picture of my youngest nephew, Tubby sitting on the floor watching TV.

Something about that image, with the way his hand was on his mouth and his eyes fixed spoke to me. Using that and B's concept, we I created "InMyOwnWords". The idea to me for having the headphones around the world connected to this baby's mic as he sat on the moon was to show how we all have something to say. And how it's not always something of the norm, sometimes our feelings, inspiration come from some where out of this world. I gave the child wings to add the innocence to him.

B-Kay's "In My Own Words" mixtape

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Rogue's Smile

I love art. When of my favorite things about being a artist is being able to create something with my own hands, and being able to show the someone something through my own interpretation. And with "Rogue's Smile", I was on a mission to try and show her, her through my eyes. I try to capture her beauty the best I could, her innocence, her smile, her wild, just the things that make her...her. I personally feel I did her no justice, but her response was priceless.

There's some thing about creating, for the sake of creating art that trumps being "commissioned" to do work for me. I look at this painting and I really have no clue how I was able to capture it how I did or use the colors the way they came out. I maybe getting a little bit of a hang with this art thing. The painting was done with oils, which I'm absolutely in love with using. And I feel it really brought this to life. Before folks start going crazy with "request" for custom portraits, please keep in mind I hate doing custom work..but I love being inspired. And I was mused to do this, it was something I was asked to do but something I was compelled to do for her. Because pictures are worth 1,000 words, so I spoke them with a painting.

And man, her reaction....priceless. Every artist needs a Mona Lisa I guess.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My website is back in effect!

Many have asked me how they can get there hands on my artwork, see my work etc. Well after much slacking on my end, I've finally gotten my site back up. Courtesy the artist friendly "Fine Art America". So now you can once again buy prints of my art work, on either Canvas, Poster, have them framed and matted, or get greeting cards. And it's just in time for the holidays lol

I'm excited and looking forward to creating even more work.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

JaFleu "Mission Statement/Bio"

Every artist is suppose to have a "Mission Statement/Bio" so I rewrote mine own.

My name is Jason Fleurant from West Palm Beach, Florida. However the artist, JaFleu is who I am. Born January 12, 2010 after witnessing the devastation in my homeland of Haiti after the earthquakes something was triggered in me. Inspired and hurt by the images flooding the TV scream, feeling powerless to help I did something I hadn't done since Freshman year of high school. I started drawing.

It started off as me just sketching the daily images I saw on copy paper at work. Then it moved to me getting art pencils, to cheap water color, to cheap paint. After being told by a friend to try my hand at putting the work on Canvas, I never looked back. Art began to take a life of it's own, and began to be my therapy. Every brush stroke revealing and relieving any and every emotion I had locked up for years. I became my art and my art became me.

What I hope my artwork always reflects is the idea that rules do not matter in art. That you don't have to be confine to the idea that you can only paint this way or do this thing. I've never been formally train, everything I've learned has been by trail and error. I hope my art work always reminds people out of tragedy and darkness beauty can shine, kind of like the rose that grew from the concrete. I hope it shines as a beacon to others my age and younger, from where I'm from that there is more to life and that art isn't a joke as we were unfortunately trained by society to believe, but a way to reach pass where you currently are.

Art to me, means a way to escape. It means being able to as I once heard from a woman name Anita "express the un-expressable". It means that I have a way to become Neo in my own matrix and bend reality. Art also to me means a weapon that I could use to speak up and out about issues and really have an impact. I've always heard that "Words have the power of life and death" and that "pictures or worth a thousand words", so imagine the power of creating a painting.

I'm a artist. I believe in the power of art, and the right of every man, woman and child to create. I believe God gives us all talents and puts us on the path to make something out of it, and we have the option to decide rather to follow or not. I've found my path, and I hope to create art that will be thought provoking, inspiring, beautiful as well as therapeutic to my own soul. Yet when it is all said and done. My main hope, is to leave a "Beach Chair", a legacy for my un-born children, nieces and nephews. I want to leave them something they can be proud of, and hopefully it will make life easier for them.